President Musharraf had no objection to judges release on PMs orders, say his aides

March 27th, 2008 - 1:51 pm ICT by admin  

Pervez Musharraf

Lahore, Mar 27 (ANI): Official sources close to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf have said that he had no objections to the release of the detained judges on the orders of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday.

They said that the judges were released on the orders of the Prime Minister who enjoyed the executive powers under the Pakistan Constitution.

“Under the Constitution, the executive authority is with the prime minister and since he has exercised it in ordering the release of the detained judges, the president has no objection,” the Dawn quoted the sources close to Musharraf as saying.

They added that now since an elected government was in place, the President would not take any step that was beyond his jurisdiction.

It created a wrong perception that the President was exercising the powers which otherwise were of the prime minister, they said and added that the President would have no problem even if the deposed judges were reinstated “provided a constitutional procedure is followed”.

According to them, the constitutional procedure meant that a two-thirds majority of both houses of the National Assembly could amend the Constitution for reinstating the judges.

They also said that the President saw no chance of an impeachment resolution being submitted against him by the ruling parties. “For the time being there is no such possibility,” the sources said.

Asked how would it be possible for the president to work with a government that was opposed to him and also enjoyed more than two-thirds majority in the house, the sources said President Musharraf would retreat into the background, allowing the government to run the country in accordance with the Constitution. “It’s the new government - not the president - that will run the country,” they said. (ANI)

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